Honoring those who fought and died in the name of Freedom
Thomas Lopez, 88 years old, served with the 65th Infantry, The Borinqueneers, awaits his turn to represent his unit’s wreath. He just recieved the Congressional Gold Medal this year.
A member of the US Navy band prepares to play Taps for the end of the ceremony. Photo by Jake Sigal
Retired Brigadier General Thomas J. Principe, of the New York Army National Gaurd, introduces each unit representative as they go to stand by their wreaths. Photo by Jake Sigal
Commander and Chaplain, Rabbi Melinda Zalma stands with Peter Galasinao, Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Association President, as Taps is played in the background.
Peter D. Galasinao, President of the Soldier’s and Sailor’s Memorial Association, giving the welcome speech for the ceremony held in Riverside Park. Photo by Jake Sigal
Sandra Lee, television chef and author, has a momentary break after talking about her grandfather’s service in World War II. Photo by Jake Sigal
Michael Fourte, Navy Commander, and Outreach Officer, standing at attention as Commander and Chaplain, Rabbi Melinda Zalma, walks by. Photo by Jake Sigal